The intriguing idea of Human/Nature is open to a number of interpretations. It includes the notion of a dichotomy between civilisation and the natural world and holds out the possibility of overcoming it. It also involves the tricky concept of ‘human nature’ that has divided philosophers for centuries between advocates of a harsh ‘law of the jungle’ and believers in the intrinsic goodness of the ‘noble savage’. The debate between proponents of optimistic and pessimistic views of basic human character is further complicated by the post-modernist’s belief that human nature is a self-referential linguistic construct and only meaningful within a specific cultural context. Nevertheless, we still feel a desire to delve the mysteries of human nature, and in this situation, art can take a role in divining and expressing the global unconscious.
We are witnessing a growing tendency to seek out new forms of spirituality and a rediscovery of ethics in art. Reconstructive post-modernism regards interconnectedness, social responsibility and ecological attunement as the crucial issues for human creativity. It calls for a reenchantment of the human soul. Human/Nature is about an awareness of how fragile the balance of nature is, how precious local lifestyles are, and how much it all depends on us.
Viktor Daldon, Slaven Tolj, Sandra Sterle, Ivan Šeremet, Denis Kraškovic, Ivana Franke, Luko Piplica and Alem Korkut.
Trafo Gallery Budapest 16 May – 11 June 2002
Galerija Balen and Muzej brodskog Posavlja Slavonski Brod 17 Sept – 4 October 2002